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In the 2018 midterm elections, the American people made it clear that they support bold, progressive ideas and diverse new leadership to better represent all Americans at our highest levels of government, rejecting those who sought to advance division and greed.

New, strong leaders are now in Congress and statehouses across the country. Legislation on issues as varied as political reform, health care, voting rights, and economic opportunity, all of which took center stage in the 2018 election cycle, is already being worked on to implement a strong, progressive legislative agenda.

For 16 years, the Center for American Progress has served as an engine for the progressive movement, generating bold policy solutions to problems at home and abroad. For the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference, we’re bringing together the leaders of tomorrow to discuss how to solve today’s problems – the new leaders America has chosen to champion our values in this new era.

 Download this year's agenda


Stacey Abrams

| Founder, Fair Fight

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

| (D-WI)

Rep. Sharice Davids

| (D-KS)

Mayor Eric Garcetti

| Los Angeles, CA

Darrick Hamilton

| Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Rep. Jahana Hayes

| (D-CT)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

| (D-NY)

Mitch Landrieu

| Former Mayor, New Orleans, LA

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

| (D-NM)

Ari Melber


Sen. Jeff Merkley

| (D-OR)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

| (D-CA)

John Podesta

| Founder, Center for American Progress

Rep. Katie Porter

| (D-CA)

Ambassador Susan Rice

| Former U.S. National Security Adviser and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Sen. Brian Schatz

| (D-HI)

Rep. Adam Schiff

| (D-CA)

Rep. Elissa Slotkin

| (D-MI)

Rep. Abigail Spanberger

| (D-VA)

Betsey Stevenson

| Former member, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Associate Professor of Economics, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Tom Steyer

| Founder, NextGen America

Neera Tanden

| President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Sen. Jon Tester

| (D-MT)